Greenwood: Will Alex Cora have anything to say this time around?

Alan Greenwood

Floating down a lonesome stream of consciousness, wondering if anyone else figured out what the Celtics’ problem was Thursday night in that ugly loss in Philadelphia …

At last year’s Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner, Red Sox manager Alex Cora tipped his rhetorical cap to his 2018 World Series champs and vowed to the fans that they hadn’t seen anything yet.


With that championship now resting under the cloud of the sign-stealing investigation, all ears will be poised to hear from Cora at Thursday’s Writers Dinner at the Seaport Hotel – if Cora has anything at all to say …

Here’s hoping that Josh McDaniels gets the Browns head coaching job, for purely selfish reasons. With the “Stay, Tommy, Stay” saga stuck on the docket for weeks, it’d be nice to send another Patriots soap opera down the road.

Besides, even considering the Pats’ bare shelf of offensive weapons, McDaniels himself didn’t exactly display lots of genius this season …

Mookie Betts got his $27 million for 2020 – which means absolutely nothing as to his long-term future in Boston. His considerable, if occasionally over-inflated abilities remain on the trade block if the right deal comes along. The Red Sox have too many other needs, and their oft-cited resolve for salary-cap thriftiness, for committing big bucks to Betts.

If nothing else, though, Sox fans can enjoy fleeting relief from watching the club’s relentless rummage through the bargain basement bin of baseball mediocrity this winter …

Watching rookie NBA ref Evan Scott T-up veteran NBA guard Kemba Walker twice the other night, resulting in Walker’s first career ejection, was laughable. The NBA’s response was more of the same. Essentially, the league explained the first technical foul resulted from Walker’s profanity, and the second resulted from further profanity.

A third would have prompted Scott to hand Walker a bar of soap and a command to wash out his potty mouth …

That awful display in Philly – jumping to a quick 15-point lead and frittering it away in two blinks – featured the Celtics wearing those hideous green-and-gold alternate uniforms. In the official NBA book of merchandising, they are known as City Uniforms, with that funky faux-Irish font.

Every time the Celtics wear those marketing tools they play as miserably as they look.

TIME TRAVEL: Jan. 13, 1975 – “The Nashua High track team opened its season with a second-place finish in a four-way meet Saturday at the UNH Field House. The Nashua Thinclads were beaten by Spaulding, whose 78-1/2 points were followed by Nashua’s 44-1/2, Weare’s 15 and Keene’s total of 13.

“Nashua’s efforts were led by Ed Gannon and Phil Spooner. Spooner took first place in the shot putting event with a throw of 50-feet, one-half inch, outclassing the second-place coach by nine feet. Gannon, last year’s freshman sensation, took the first-place finish in the mile run, with teammate Randy Field taking fifth.”

Those old thinclads … and in other action, the cagers …

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_ Alan.